Auctiva's FREE Scrolling Gallery will enhance your listings. Rare Antique Art Deco 1936 Era Zenith Tombstone Radio Model 6-S-27 6S27 Fine All Original Parts Complete. The wood frame measures 16 3/4" wide, 12 1/2" deep and 22 3/4 tall.
The cut-out filagree design is fine with nothing missing. I could not find and cracks or chips. The surface finish has some scuffs and scratches. The tube amplifier chassis is quite dusty and it is obvious it has not beed used in many years; the electrical cord is quite frayed and would need to be replaced.
The dial and knobs are complete, the tuning band work fine. It has shortwave, amateur, police, aviation as well as the normal radio bands.
A perfect candidate for restoration, plenty to work with. Please check my 12 photos which should show you every angle. Guaranteed genuine all original Zenith. Foreign stations, police amateur, aviation.
Zenith was founded as "Chicago Radio Laboratory" (CRL) in 1919 by Ralph H. Mathews and Karl Hassel to build small quantities of receivers primarily for radio amateurs. Their factory included station 9ZN, whose call letters inspired the Zenith brand name (initially as Z-Nith) used by CRL. Although the company was small, it had a valuable asset in the form of an Armstrong regenerative receiver patent license negotiated by Mathews in 1920. The company's meteoric rise began when businessman Eugene F.During his reign at Zenith, McDonald's autocratic and ruthless style earned him the title of Commander. During 1922-23, CRL relied on QRS Music Co. Took control of manufacturing and sales under McDonald's leadership, moving manufacturing out of QRS to Zenith's own Chicago factory. 1924 also marked Zenith's first portable radio, the "Companion, " which is sometimes viewed as the first modern portable radio. Zenith introduced it first AC-powered radio (model 27) in late 1926, and was the first company in the industry to acquire an RCA patent pool license in 1927, setting a trend for other major manufacturers and ushering in a period of relative stability in patent licensing (a situation often viewed as unfair monopoly power by RCA that lasted about two decades). MacDonald, an adventurer at heart, accompanied arctic explorer Donald B. MacMillan on two expeditions during 1923-35.
Zenith radios accompanied these arctic expeditions, allowing explorers to keep in touch with civilization, and bringing a lot of free advertising and press attention to both Zenith and McDonald. The stock market crash of 1929 and ensuing Great Depression caught Zenith ill-prepared with its line of expensive radios.The 1936 line used the black dial extensively, and the 1937 line introduced another innovation - the "Robot Dial" or "shutter dial" system, in which mechanical shutters changed the appearance of the dial face when the bandswitch was operated. With the Robot Dial, only one set of dial markings appeared at a time, simplifying reading of the dial. Zenith introduced the detachable "Wavemagnet" loop antenna in portable radios in 1941, and in early 1942, the first of Zenith's famous "Transoceanic" multiband portables became available to the public until April 1942 when production was converted to war needs. Zenith was an early proponent of FM, operating an experimental FM station in Chicago starting in 1940, and offered FM radios starting in 1942. Zenith invented the FM stereo multiplex system adopted by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) in 1961 and still in worldwide use today.
Zenith discouraged early commercialization of TV, fearing that fluid standards and expensive receivers would sour the market. Zenith offered its first TVs in 1948, and stayed with round picture tubes and "porthole" masking longer than other manufacturers for stylistic reasons - always a major issue for Zenith. In the 1950s, Zenith pioneered the use of TV wireless remote control, with its "Flash Command" and "Space Command" remote controls.
Zenith was a pioneer in digital high definition TV, inventing the vestigial sideband (VSB) transmission standard that was adopted in 1996 by the FCC as part of the Advanced Television Standards Committee (ATSC) standard. From the 1950s onward, Zenith was America's number two TV company (behind RCA), remaining independent longer than any other major U. The item "Antique 1936 Art Deco Zenith Tombstone Radio Model 6-S-27 6S27 Fine All Original" is in sale since Sunday, October 11, 2015. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Radio, Phonograph, TV, Phone\Radios\Tube Radios\1930-49".The seller is "spooknook" and is located in Weymouth, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped worldwide.